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PLEASE NOTE: Not all events listed originate with Occupy Portland.
Events may be attended by Occupiers, or endorsed by the Occupy movement, or they may be simply sponsored by people who share the goals of the Occupy movement. Please refer to each event for specifics, and use the discussion pages to ask questions.
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Action committee 5:30pm PSU Smith Center Cafeteria


Bikes For Humanity Volunteer Repair Clinics - Tuesdays


  • Date: Every Tuesday
  • Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Location: Community Exchange Bike School, 4038 SE Brooklyn St, Portland
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Bikes For Humanity PDX(B4HPDX) is a community service project aimed at providing the public affordable refurbished bikes, repair classes & workshop space.

They have 100+ donated used bikes & need volunteers to catalog, clean and refurbish the bikes for bike adoption events.

Shop space has been donated for volunteer training and bike repair. Weekly volunteer clinics starting on Tuesday & Saturday.

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For full details see http://www.b4hpdx.org

Why Do Corporations Have More Rights Than You Do


  • Date: Tuesday, 22 November 2011
  • Time: 2 pm - 4 pm
  • Location: 5805 SE 41st Ave. near bus lines: 19, 75 (Cesar Chavez bus)
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Why do we fail at:

  • Universal Health Care
  • Renewable Energy Development
  • Bold Climate Change Response
  • End to Foreign Invasions
  • Labor Rights in the Workplace
  • Stopping Home Forclosures
  • many, many more symptoms

The Occupy Movement has generated amazing energy. Yet the history of popular uprisings has shown us that we have to do something completely new.

Join the 140+ communities in six NE states that are building the Community Rights Movement.

They have passed local laws that end corporate "rights" & enshrine COMMUNITY RIGHTS!

Join with others to learn more about this exciting movement!

Local Contact:

There may only be a brief window to convert street level momentum into organized rights-legislating movements in each of our local communities.

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FREE Thanksgiving dinner

  • Date: Thursday, November 24
  • Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Location: Celebration Tabernacle Church 8131 N Denver St. (at Kilpatrick)
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Come join us for a Free Thanksgiving Day Feast!!

In collaboration with Po’Shines Café de la Soul and Celebration Tabernacle Church, PROPER is sponsoring its 11th Annual FREE Thanksgiving Feast on Thanksgiving Day, 12-4pm. A full Thanksgiving dinner with vegetarian options and live (and lively) entertainment, kicking off with award-winning singer and storyteller Anne-Louise Sterry and friends.

Doing Thanksgiving community-style is a beautiful thing, come join us on this special day.

Volunteers and donations welcome.

The available volunteer positions as of November 16, 2011:

  • Donations — perishable and non-perishable Thanksgiving-related items, mostly turkeys and hams, or paper goods, coupons, vouchers
  • Flyering the neighborhood — wear walking shoes, go with a group or do it on your own time!
  • Administration — website development, marketing
  • Signs and Banners, Decorate — hang banners in designated areas (appropriate materials and locations given) Help create other event signage if necessary. Some physical exertion required
  • Cook or bake — experience and food handler’s license required, prepare vegan menu options, vegan ingredients and professional kitchen provided, meals may be prepared in advance where presence is not required on event day
  • Be a part of the Entertainment — call Deborah at 503-286-1488 (music, poetry, storytelling)
  • Wall of Gratitude — (long or short) write your personal story and we will print for the Wall of Thanksgiving to encourage others. We’re hoping the end product is a wall showing a broad perspective of what it means to be thankful. Send to info@properusa.net.

Shifts are evenings and weekdays typically 2-4 hours depending on the position. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older to participate. Family positions are available.

Robin at 503.890-5393 - info@properusa.net

See you at the table: 12-4PM Thursday, November 24 – Thanksgiving Day


8131 N Denver Ave, (Kenton District) North Portland OR 97217

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Occupy Thanksgiving PDX




Our invitation to #OccupyThanksgivingPDX

We are park-upying Thanksgiving Day!
  • This is a quintessentially American holiday, and is an important part of American cultural narratives.
  • This is also a holiday that commemorates the fact that the European colonizers began their expansive ambitions and conquest and genocide of the First Nations, in the name of "freedom" -- something this holiday tends to sugar-coat.
  • On this day, there are many -- and growing number of -- Portlanders who are unhoused and, since most of other Portlanders have a privilege of being able to stay home, take a day off, and spend time with family, they are left outside often with no place to go and nothing to eat. We recognize this social inequity.
  • Today, Thanksgiving Day is the official beginning of the "Holiday Season," which is essentially an orgy of consumerism orchestrated by the top 1%. Many publicly-traded big corporations count on this season, and the Fourth Quarter earnings report affects share prices significantly.
  • We occupy this day to reclaim the Thanksgiving as a time for community, sharing, and abundance.

PLEASE RSVP so that we can prepare for the number of people who will be attending.

Here is a direct link to RSVP form:

RSVP Form Click Here

The festivities run from noon until 7 p.m.; everyone is welcome to participate in part or all of this event.

You are invited to come when you can and leave when you must. With people coming in and going there should be something going on throughout the event. Also feel free to bring your friends and neighbors, and any random person you might meet on the street. This is about community-building and re-capturing the spirit of autonomous, collectivist collaboration that was a big part of our occupation in the downtown parks (minus tents, troubles, and A-camps).

We will be having:

  • Lunch and dinner, potluck style
  • Open-mic music and spoken words
  • Community discussions on various topics
  • Games
  • Thanksgiving General Assembly. But mostly a fun exercise where people who are new to the Occupy movement can learn how to participate in a GA, or organize their own GAs.
Tell your friends about this. #ChaplainsOccupyPDX Interfaith Guild of Chaplains

More details with this update on Nov. 21

printable flier

The weather report indicates a good possibility of rain on Thanksgiving Day. We will be park-upying the Wallace Park in Northwest Portland, and there is a covered picnic area with a table.

The park is accessible by TriMet 77 bus and also a short distance from the nearest 15 stop, as well as the Portland Streetcar (23rd & Marshall).

So far we are expecting a pretty low-key event, with some people coming and going, with a total of no more than 20 at any given moment (take this into account when making food, although it is always nice to have more than not enough) -- which should keep us below the crowd level that would technically require a permit. In any case, with the history of #OccupyPortland-related events so far, the City has not been too stringent on permits, due to the possible issues with the freedom of assembly. Since this event is sponsored by the Interfaith Guild of Chaplains, it is further protected under religious freedom, any less than any church picnic at a park. The reason why we are requesting RSVP also has to do with health regulation -- as we cannot really give away food to the "general public" even if we aren't selling it (as they say on Last Thursdays on Alberta every year).

We are also inviting a number of VIPs as a gesture of goodwill and peace-building.

Sponsored by : This event is sponsored and organized by the #OccupyPortland Interfaith Guild of Chaplains, an independent and autonomous group. This is not an official #OccupyPortland General Assembly-sanctioned event.

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[Donation or Volunteer suggestions.]

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The Take - Documentary Film Screening


  • Date: Thursday, November 24th, 2011
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Location: 310 SW 4th Ave, Conference Room (4th floor, behind elevators)
  • Rsvp: Alejandro
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This will be the second and final showing of this documentary.

There are exciting developments in the political map of our country. The Occupy movement continues to grow, and many of us are wondering how will this process evolve.

In Argentina, “Occupy” developed as a grass-root movement of workers taking over bankrupted factories and trying to figure out how to make them productive again. The movement succeeded in saving and creating thousands of jobs but, most importantly, it brought communities together.

Naomi Klein, Avi Lewis and folks at the National Film Board of Canada documented some of these stories in a film called “The Take”

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The film lasts 87 minutes, and will be followed by conversation. You can watch the video online BUT, even better: come watch it with us!

This gathering is not intended to promote a pre-set view of occupation, but rather to bring us together and engage us in insightful dialogue. All views are welcome.

Hope you can make it.

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Occupy the Holidays

  • Date: Friday, November 25, 2011 thru Sunday, January 15, 2012
  • Time: 12:00am - 12:00am
  • Location: World Wide
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Buy Nothing or Buy Local Day - 25 November 2011

Our numbers are growing. Through our consumer purchasing power, we are making a clear statement about our economic stability. By purchasing local, we tell the corporations we will not support their unethical practices.

BEGINNING BLACK FRIDAY ... boycott the corporatization of the holidays.

Here's what you can do:

  1. ) Spend quality time with family, not in lines to buy things.
  2. ) Support local businesses if you must purchase a gift.
  3. ) Handmade gifts are made with love.
  4. ) Buy NOTHING. Stay home and spend time with loved ones.



This means every present you were planning on purchasing this holiday season, please make sure it is from a local merchant and NOT A MULTI-NATIONAL CORPORATION.

Keep our money local. We control the money flow.

Please join us in making THIS holiday season about giving back to our communities by making them financially strong.

Our strength is in our numbers.

Our strength is in our consumer choices.

Choose to support your local business.

We are the 99%.

See this page for information about this occupation and others. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-the-Cause/156763591087512?sk=wall

Walmart Protest 11 25 11


  • Date: Friday, November 25, 2011
  • Time: 9:00am - 9:00pm.
  • Location: Portland and Vancouver
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There are protests planned in both Portland and in Vancouver.

Walmart Portland 4200 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, Oregon 97266
Friday, November 25th, we are going to enter WalMart. 
No chants, no signs.
Just enter like you are there to shop.
Then at 12:30p, listen up because there will be a mic-check. 
If we can have people through out the store so our message is heard it would be more effective.
In solidarity ♥
We will be protesting on sidewalk at Walmart in Vancouver on Hwy 99 at 9am.  
Contact info is: occupywalmartvanc@gmail.com. Thank you
Walmart is one of the main contributors in the incredibly negative impact on the American economy and we should all start buying LOCAL!

Every year, the day after Thanksgiving turns into one of the biggest shopping holidays of the year. With most of that money being spent in big corporate stores with poor benefits and ethics for their employees. This year, let's change that.

WalMart is one of the worse culprits of poor employee standards and ethics.

But if you would rather not be out on Black Friday, maybe you could consider some of these activities... Dreading the holiday season? The frantic rush and stress? The to-do lists and sales hype? The spiritless hours trapped in malls?

This year, why not gather together your loved ones and decide to do things differently?

With the simplest of plans you can create a new rhythm, purpose and meaning for the holidays.

Why not take the spirit of Buy Nothing Day and morph it into Buy Nothing Christmas?

With catastrophic climate change looming, we the rich one billion people on the planet have to consume less! And if that's too extreme for grandma and the kids, try for a Buy Less Christmas. And maybe a buy local, buy fairer, buy indie Christmas. Whatever you decide, 'tis the season to reclaim our year-end celebrations and make them our own again.

If you want to go one step further off the consumer treadmill, consider one of these actions from previous holiday seasons
  • Give your friends and family a "gift exemption" card
  • Ask shoppers "What Would Jesus Buy?"
  • Get some friends together (or go solo), dress as santa and meditate in the middle of a busy shopping mall
  • Check out buynothingchristmas.org to check out more actions (or inactions) you can take this holiday season

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Fur Free Friday




March starts 11:00 AM (Come 30 minutes early!) Meet up at Downtown Nordstrom (Corner of SW Broadway and Yamhill)

  • Signs, literature, and banners provided – just bring yourself and all of your friends!

We have the potential to fill the streets and demand that Portland becomes fur free.

  • Note: Please wear all black to this event. It is somber day of mourning for all of the wildlife lost to the fur industry. We need a presence of distress, anger and solidarity.
Fur-Free Friday is one of the few nationally recognized days in the animal rights movement and involves numerous animal activist groups.

There are a total of 45 million animals yearly that the fur industry believes can be turned into products. They are fetishized, abstracted from their subjective, wild existence and turned into objects of value on the globalized fashion market. 45 million animals that are the victims of a war against the wilderness. If they are not killed by the traps, laid out among their land and community, then they are driven into the confines of massive concentration camps. They become the prisoners of the war, held for their labor (females, forcibly bred for production) or themselves becoming objectified as commodities.

All of this madness, destruction, and injustice are the externalities of an industry that exists only for the benefit the 1%. Fur products cost tens of thousands of dollars and amount to nothing more than status symbols for the privileged elite, all at the expense of animals, human communities and the environment. The fur industry is a symptom of global problem of imbalanced power and wealth. It is a manifestation of the ecological and capitalist crisis. It must be opposed.

Fur sales were just banned in West Hollywood. Portland should be no different! This is our city! Our city will not be littered with the carcasses of wildlife! They will not be marketed as fashion or accessories any longer! It is time that Portland becomes overrun with activists demanding that the fur industry dissolve into nothingness!

Join us on the streets!

Organizations such as Portland Animal Defense League and In Defense of Animals, along with many other local supporters in a protest march against the use of fur.


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Occupy Cafe: A Community Conversation

  • Date: Friday November 25, 2011
  • Time: 4:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Location: First Unitarian Church 1034 SW 13th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97205
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Occupy Cafe exists to inclusively connect people, to share and listen.

Come build community and the movement! We will have free coffee, tea, food & entertainment. There will be space for people to "booth' or hold space for small groups to discuss topics of shared interest.

There will be live entertainment, and arts & crafts. Conversation group kick-offs at 4:30 & 5:30. People are also welcome to just hang out and relax, as long as they are respectful of the other activities in the space.


Occupy Cafe exists to inclusively connect people, to share and listen.

The more we share and hear our individual and collective needs, wants and visions, the more powerful our initiatives to create real change become. Real and meaningful change for good comes when we, the people, stand, speak and act together, cooperatively and collaboratively. The agenda is open within the theme of building community and a movement.

This is in the spirit of "World Cafe"[1] and "Open Space Technology". The agenda is open within the theme of building community and a movement.

This effort has connections to some great online & conference call resources too! See http://www.OccupyCafe.org to learn more!

We will have some great music and information tables. Please let us know if you want to volunteer or can bring needed items.

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Light of Life on Black Friday: A Vigil for Peace & Goodwill


  • Date: Fri, November 25, 4pm – Sat, November 26, 10am


Housing Is A Human Right!!

Join us in a mass day of action on Black Friday to challenge the unjust consciousness of greed and excessive materialism. We will illuminate the darkness until morning by lining the outer perimeter of Pioneer Square with ourselves and candles.

  • Bring tea lights only, and bring enough for the entire night until morning (10am) - Don't forget matches or a lighter!
  • BELLS if you have them! Bring extra to share too!
  • A sign with a nonviolent message about poverty, greed, or homelessness.
  • A sponsor with a roof who can keep your things safe, bring you food/necessities, and bathroom breaks.
  • A partner to take shifts with, and or replacement
  • Warm clothes, shoes & an Umbrella
  • A warm thermos with a warm beverage & snacks.
  • Endurance & Cheer!

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Critical Mass!

  • Date: November 25th 2011
  • Time: 5:30 pm
  • Location: Underneath Burnside bridge on the westside, by naito parkway
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November 2011 Buy Nothing Day

Critical Mass in November coincides with the day after Thanksgiving--known in the popular press as "Black Friday," i.e., the biggest shopping day of the year, and known in more progressive circles as "Buy Nothing Day," a day to relax in your pajamas all day, watch movies, eat leftovers with friends, work on handmade holiday gifts--or at the very least, a day *not* to drive out to the big boxes and trade punches with six hundred desperate strangers over the last $388 laptop. Critical Mass Portland converged in an anarchically unorganized fashion to share bagels, bananas, cookies, friendly chat, even a bin of spare change where you could leave some or take some depending on your means. We didn't buy anything--and some of us went out afterward and liberated perfectly good food from NE Portland garbage bins.

* 5:30pm - Meet up underneath the Burnside bridge.
* 6:00pm - Get your ride on!

Bring your bike, your friends, your lights, and your biggest smiles!

Critical Mass is:

  • A leaderless, spontaneous bike ride through the streets of Portland (and hundreds of other cities worldwide)
  • A time to ride your bike without fear through busy downtown streets
  • A great way to meet other bicyclists, pass out fliers, learn about other events
  • A meandering celebration of bicycling
  • Something different for everyone
  • Family-friendly
  • A visionary projection of what our future might look like

Critical Mass is not:

  • Dangerous, violent, threatening, or exclusive
  • A place to buy, sell, or capitalize
  • Planned in advance
  • A race to the finish

You will want to have a white front light and red rear light / reflector in order to avoid getting a citation. If you ride to antagonize motorists, please choose another time / place, some of us have worked very hard to reduce and mellow the police presence.

Critical Mass meets every month, last Friday, 5:30P (departing around 6:00) from the North Park Blocks (NW Park and Couch, by the elephant)

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Critical Mass rides have been perceived as protest and intimidation activities. Organizing the rides and communicating the desires and problems of the cyclists to the city council is sometimes the goal of the event. In other cases, they are described as "political-protest rides".

Sponsored by Portland Critical Mass. You can join an email group for Critical Mass at https://lists.riseup.net/www/info/pdxcriticalmass

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Buy Nothing Day Bike Ride


Critical mass smug pricks on bikes.jpg
  • Date: Friday, November 25, 2011
  • Time: 5:30pm
  • Location: Jamison Square, NW 10th and Johnson
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  • Meet at 5:30, ride at 6:00.
  • Buy Nothing Day signs and costumes encouraged but optional.
  • Bike lights recommended.

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This event is being sponsored by "Shift" They are part of the World Carfree Network, which promotes alternatives to car dependence.

The image displayed is not provided by them. I just thought it was cute!

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Bikes For Humanity PDX Volunteer Repair Clinics - Saturdays

  • Date: Every Saturday
  • Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Location: Community Exchange Bike School, 4038 SE Brooklyn St, Portland
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Bikes For Humanity PDX (B4HPDX) is a community service project aimed at providing the public affordable refurbished bikes, repair classes & workshop space.

They have 100+ donated used bikes & need volunteers to catalog, clean and refurbish the bikes for bike adoption events.

Shop space has been donated for volunteer training and bike repair. Weekly volunteer clinics starting on Tuesday & Saturday.

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For full details see http://B4HPDX.org


Sunday OccuPeace Meeting


  • Date: Sundays
  • Time: 12:00pm until 3:00pm
  • Location: Pioneer Courthouse Square 701 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97204
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Join the Occupy Portland movement as we gather every Sunday at noon.

We will discuss and plan upcoming events and actions, hold trainings, support OWS nationwide, support each other and our community.

This will be an ongoing nonviolent effort to maintain focus and attention to the issues of inequality that 99% of America face as the result of corporate greed and corruption.

Families and all walks of life welcome. Let us come together in unity and use our voices in unison to bring about the changes needed in our economic system.

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Weekly Action Committee Meetings

Every Monday and Thursday at 5

Today's meeting is at the PSU Smith Center cafeteria in the SW corner behind the ladies restroom. For new events, read link or send information to: ActionCommitteePDX@googlegroups.com Please see the forum for notes on previous meetings, and discussions regarding actions.

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